Q & A: 2013 Belleville (IL) guard Malcolm Hill

One of the newest names to emerge on Indiana’s 2013 recruiting radar is Belleville (IL) guard Malcolm Hill. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard, who plays AAU with the SW Illinois Jets, took an unofficial trip to Bloomington on Sunday.

On his visit, Hill had the opportunity to tour campus with assistant coach Bennie Seltzer and also participated in a camp at Assembly Hall and Cook Hall. Inside the Hall caught up with ESPN.com’s No. 36 overall player in the 2013 class on Wednesday night for a Q & A:

(Editor’s note: HD video of Hill from the adidas May Classic is available after the jump.)

On the Sunday trip to Bloomington:

“It was just a visit. I looked around their campus and went to their camp and that’s all. They have a nice campus, it’s a good environment and I saw that they have good study habits. Their study program has their kids make time for school and basketball.”

On Cook Hall and the camp:

“I really like the practice facility a lot. I talked to Coach Crean. We went through drills. We talked about how their style of play was and how they do team ball instead of individual basketball.”

On his feelings about Illinois and Missouri, who were the first two schools to offer and the other schools recruiting him:

“I’m kind of neutral about it. I’m not too excited. But then again I’m not just waving it off. I’m glad they offered me a scholarship. The other schools that are looking at me are Ohio State, Xavier, UCLA, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Providence and Tennessee.”

On upcoming camps and visits he has planned:

“I’m going to visit Michigan this weekend. I’m going to visit Ohio State in about three weeks and I’m going to the Reebok Camp.”

On how playing in front of coaches in July compares to the spring when no coaches can watch:

“It’s no different. I just play basketball. It doesn’t really matter who is in the stands for me. I’m not going to play any different.”

On what factors will be most important when choosing a school:

“I’m looking for education and what they provide for me school wise. Then what they provide for me on the basketball court as well as what my role would be on the team, how my relationship would be with the coaches and the players.

On if Indiana will continue recruiting him and if he’s interested in IU following the visit:

“Yes and yes. They said they were going to keep in touch.”

Video of Hill from last month’s adidas May Classic that ITH shot for our friends at UMHoops.com is available in the embedded player below. Hill is wearing No. 23 in blue:

  • Anonymous

    That’s a sophomore in HS? Fantastic body control, looks smooth and comfortable with the ball in his hands.  Looks like his shot wasn’t great that day, but that can be developed.

    I’m also a sucker for anyone who mentions education first when talking about school choices, smart kid.  

    Malcolm, you can get a fantastic education in Bloomington that will serve you well the rest of your life and we’d love have you play some basketball too.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a sophomore in HS? Fantastic body control, looks smooth and comfortable with the ball in his hands.  Looks like his shot wasn’t great that day, but that can be developed.

    I’m also a sucker for anyone who mentions education first when talking about school choices, smart kid.  

    Malcolm, you can get a fantastic education in Bloomington that will serve you well the rest of your life and we’d love have you play some basketball too.

  • JerryCT

    Was that Lyles the refs were whistling phantom fouls on ? Starting their bias against us a little early aren’t they ?

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    He’s young for a sophomore, too. Believe he’s just 15.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Definitely wasn’t blown away but the kid is pretty skilled. If he does anything well from this video it’s finishing with contact. And he seems to be a good free throw shooter since a lot of the video is free throw shooting haha. Will definitely have to see more. Reminds me a little of VJIII although he’s farther advanced at this stage then Verdell was.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Definitely wasn’t blown away but the kid is pretty skilled. If he does anything well from this video it’s finishing with contact. And he seems to be a good free throw shooter since a lot of the video is free throw shooting haha. Will definitely have to see more. Reminds me a little of VJIII although he’s farther advanced at this stage then Verdell was.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Definitely wasn’t blown away but the kid is pretty skilled. If he does anything well from this video it’s finishing with contact. And he seems to be a good free throw shooter since a lot of the video is free throw shooting haha. Will definitely have to see more. Reminds me a little of VJIII although he’s farther advanced at this stage then Verdell was.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Definitely wasn’t blown away but the kid is pretty skilled. If he does anything well from this video it’s finishing with contact. And he seems to be a good free throw shooter since a lot of the video is free throw shooting haha. Will definitely have to see more. Reminds me a little of VJIII although he’s farther advanced at this stage then Verdell was.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    He finished with 28 points in this game. And was going against a high level team in Spiece Indy Heat. Believe he hit somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 or 14 free throws.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    He finished with 28 points in this game. And was going against a high level team in Spiece Indy Heat. Believe he hit somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 or 14 free throws.

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    6’5″ wing-ish kid from Illinois?  My first thought was also Verdell.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    So would you say that his greatest strength is getting to the rim and getting to the line? That would be a major plus in IU’s book. If he can consistently get to the rim and get fouled and it looks like he can hit his foul shots, would be a good pickup. Him and Devin Davis would reek havoc on the court together. 

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    So would you say that his greatest strength is getting to the rim and getting to the line? That would be a major plus in IU’s book. If he can consistently get to the rim and get fouled and it looks like he can hit his foul shots, would be a good pickup. Him and Devin Davis would reek havoc on the court together. 

  • hoops14

    Wow, that video did more to make Trey look lazy then it did to make this kid look like a must get.

  • mrhoosierboy

     UMHoops doesnt make the best highlight videos…its more just game footage and a kid is not gonna hit every shot he takes

  • mrhoosierboy

     UMHoops doesnt make the best highlight videos…its more just game footage and a kid is not gonna hit every shot he takes

  • peoriaILLINI

    funny how the best video for our new illini commit is on this site

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